Fuck-Up #60

“We Can Use Famous Songs”

The danger of getting your heart set on popular music


“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publisherswho think that people own it.“2

—John Lennon


The Fuck-Up…

Music sounds better with familiarity. Without a doubt, songs are more enjoyable when you’ve heard them before, and the songs we enjoy most are the ones we are familiar with. Thus, it’s easy to fall in love with the idea of having familiar songs in our films. However, the cost and difficulty of obtaining the legal rights to use popular songs far too often crushes filmmakers’ dreams of using the songs they love.

How to Do It Right…

There is a good chance that you will use some popular music to create the “temp track” to your movie. Finding ...

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